Letters

Mike Vasser: Comparing the two candidates

September 26, 2016 — 

In response to Terry McLaughlin’s editorial piece in the Sept. 16 edition of The Union, I am providing a quote from President Obama that provides a clear and succinct comparison of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump:

“There’s been too much false equivalency and too clear of a double standard at play. So I want to take a minute to compare these two candidates, side by side.

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Gary Bryant: Third parties do have an impact

September 26, 2016 — 

I just found out and am stunned of how the Nevada County League of Women Voters weren’t aware nor didn’t include candidate for State Assembly Donn Coenen in their debate. Also incumbent Brian Dahle didn’t go out of his way to help. Shame to both!

As former vice chair of Nevada County Libertarian Party, Donn is an independent person. Free thinking and has good common sense. I have known him for 10 years. We’ve worked together and had disagreements. He doesn’t totally agree with our political party and the State of Jefferson leaders. I find him very principled and a wonderful conservationist. He is a small business owner (tree farmer). He relates to common folks and small businesses which have been cutoff by our state government.

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Ron Lowe: 'Make Russia great again'?

September 26, 2016 — 

The saying “A man is known by the friends he keeps” plays into the 2016 presidential election. Former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke is running for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana as a Republican, citing Donald Trump’s presidential campaign as his inspiration. “I’m overjoyed to see that Donald Trump and his supporters embrace issues that I have championed for years.”

Donald Trump has never made a secret of his creepy admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin whom he calls a strong leader. Putin in turn, has used his state-controlled propaganda network, RT, to cheer Trump’s candidacy and attack Hillary Clinton. If Putin could design a candidate to undermine American interests — he’d look a lot like Donald Trump. Trump is a fellow authoritarian who would divide the U.S. along racial lines, alienate allies in Europe and the Middle East, and weaken our moral standing in the world. Trump’s campaign slogan might as well be “Make Russia Great Again.”

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Carol Bentley: Do good instead protest

September 26, 2016 — 

I am finally fed up with the athletic divas sitting on the bench (Kaepernick) and his followers for having no respect for the flag.

The people who fought for this country and capitalism are the ones that allow them to earn their millions of dollars, if even sitting on the bench. All of you who are disrespecting the flag and earning millions about the oppression of blacks, you are a hypocrisy.

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Bob Larimer: Thanks to Sierra Nevada Memorial, from Room 232

September 25, 2016 — 

This is a thank you to the fine people at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

Last week after a bad break in my left leg, which required surgery on Friday to repair, and two days as a patient (Room 232). I want to thank all of the staff for their kindness and constant care in a very professional and friendly way. Thank you.

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Don, Louise Warner: One Source Empowering Caregivers a huge blessing

September 23, 2016 — 

In August, it became apparent as seniors that we needed help. I was in desperate need for someone to drive me to an eye doctor appointment, as my husband no longer drives.

Donna Raibley and her new volunteer organization, One Source Empowering Caregivers, came through for us in a big way. I was not sure how I was going to make this appointment for my eye injection as we do not have family nearby to help.

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William Larsen: 'Despicable irreverence?' Really?

September 22, 2016 — 

I want to thank the writer (Sept. 17, letters to the editor) who asked folks to pray for me because of my “despicable irreverence” in referring to Donald Trump as the anti-Christ.

According to the writer, my use of that term was “revolting and sinfully judgmental” (no judgment there, right?), which “brought election rhetoric to a new low.” Could be, it’s not for me to say. But I do thank the writer for his prayers. As a flawed individual, I appreciate all I can get.

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Tom Durkin: Words have repercussions

September 22, 2016 — 

The local homeless man accused of arson is not a “transient.” He’s lived here for years. I know him. Transients are generally just passing through.

Homeless seasonal agricultural workers (trimmigants) are transients. The fact that the local authorities and media don’t know the difference between a transient and a local homeless person is part of the homeless problem. We need to be aware of the difference between our local homeless people (some whose families have lived here for generations) and those who are just passing through.

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Ron Bost: Better banner?

September 22, 2016 — 

To the person who took down the “Black lives matter” banner in Grass Valley, I thank you.

To the church, I ask you to replace it with “All lives matter.”

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Karin Robinson: It took a village to bring Rossi here

September 21, 2016 — 

On behalf of the Roamin’ Angel’s Car Club, we would like to thank a few people who were instrumental in getting Alexander Rossi to our Cruisin’ the Pines Car Show.

First of all, the second vice district governor of the Nevada City Lions Club, Doug Wight, coordinated with Jason Fouyer, mayor of Grass Valley. The Andretti Autosport group was then contacted and it blossomed from there. Having a hometown celebrity at our car show was an added attraction and well attended.

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Lynda Lasich: Trump's 4,056 lawsuits and more

September 21, 2016 — 

The elephant in the political arena is Trump’s business history that his supporters so graciously allow him without question.

Facts show that there are 4,056 lawsuits against the man, owing to the fact that he has hired undocumented workers, did not pay workers their earned wages causing some small businesses to close their doors, invests with shady characters worldwide, swindles investors of their life’s savings by not beginning or completing proposed projects (Baja condo), doesn’t pay real estate taxes causing city governments to place liens on his properties, polluted the Hudson River with his buildings in New York City, and has filed bankruptcy 11 times, four of which were completed.

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Herb Lindberg: Deaths from alcohol and marijuana

September 20, 2016 — 

Sure, there are “now about 100,000 alcohol-related deaths per year, and tens of billions of dollars in medical costs” and we can expect something similar if Prop. 64 passes.

But this is only half of the story, and proceeding with half the facts has the same effect as proceeding with wrong facts. Norton Lehner disregards the hundreds of millions of hours of relief and happiness provided during social gatherings with alcohol or marijuana.

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Dick Phillips: Teacher-tenure law controversy

September 19, 2016 — 

California State Supreme Court has decided that California’s teacher’s-tenure law is constitutional.

That means that if a California teacher iss not fired within 18 months after being hired he/she is guaranteed a job for life.

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Mike Smith: Critical decisions for our climate

September 19, 2016 — 

If you do not believe in man-made climate change or think it will not affect you, please skip to the last paragraph; for everyone else:

We will have clear choices in November. Besides the important presidential selection, we have a chance here in the north state to significantly enhance the conversation on climate change. We can do this at both the national level and in California.

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Joanne Crouch: Trump lesser of two evils

September 18, 2016 — 

I understand Ron Lowe’s letter regarding Donald Trump. He is right. Trump marches to his own drummer, and adheres to his own set of morals. But, that is one major reason people are turning to him instead of Obama. Oops, I meant Hillary! I truly see no difference!

I am not a Trump fan and I am very skeptical of his ideas. I question his solutions to fixing our failing economy and oh, so obvious corrupt government , but despite that, I refuse to support a woman who blatantly lies (and gets away with it), secretly deletes 33,000 questionable emails, will bring a proven womanizer (Bill) back into “our” White House and amazingly calls the mother of Shawn Smith (killed at the embassy) an outright liar.

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Mark Thomas: Completely agree on unsafe cyclists

September 18, 2016 — 

I totally agree with Carol Alexander’s letter to the editor regarding cyclists.

Also, bicycles do not pay for the use of the roads, no use tax, no gas tax, no license fees and no operators license, which pays for the roads and maintenance.

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Joanne Brown: Trash at Hirschman's Pond

September 16, 2016 — 

I am a member of the Greater Cement Hill Neighborhood Association in Nevada City.

Hirschman Pond, which abuts our neighborhood, draws many visitors to the area. Some walk the meandering trail between Hirschman’s parking lot at the base of Cement Hill and the residential area called Indian Trails. Rather than retracing their steps, they often follow Indian Flat Road to complete the loop. Others choose to park on Indian Flat Road at the turnout above the pond so they can admire the reflective waters from that vantage point.

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Lee Blakemore: Sinfully judgmental

September 16, 2016 — 

William Larsen calling Donald Trump the anti-Christ (Sept. 9, Other Voices) is revolting and sinfully judgmental.

He has driven election rhetorics to a new low. Despicable irreverence. Prayers for Mr. Larson.

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Jan Stevens: Thank you for the touching tributes

September 15, 2016 — 

As the father of Chris Stevens, ambassador to Libya killed in Benghazi four years ago, I am writing to express the appreciation of Chris’s family for the sympathy so many of your readers and Nevada County people in general have shown over the past few days. We have been deeply touched by their written and floral tributes.

Chris was born in Grass Valley. He loved visiting his grandparents there, skiing, swimming in the Yuba and hiking. We know he was interested in eventually retiring there and regret he didn’t have the opportunity to meet such wonderful neighbors.

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Bob Burke: Awesome apples from Sebastopol save the day

September 15, 2016 — 

I drove to Grass Valley to visit my sister recently. While driving along Highway 49 I noticed a horse galloping along the side of the road, obviously released from its enclosure. It was either very frightened or enjoying its new-found freedom.

I also saw a vehicle marked “Nevada County Animal Control,” so I slowed and came to a halt, stopping all traffic behind me. Oncoming traffic also stopped, and the horse ran onto the road, stopping and rearing up right in front of my car. My Prius had never before seemed so small and fragile.

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Jack Devlin: Support Nevada Union's Walkathon

September 15, 2016 — 

On Sept. 23, Nevada Union High School is holding its second annual Walkathon. Started as an athletic fundraiser, this event now includes the entire student body as well as teachers, staff and administrators.

The goal of the Walkathon is not only to raise funds, but also to build community by bringing students together to support our school.

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Wendy Detweiler: Smokey was right

September 14, 2016 — 

I and most kids my age were always taught right from wrong. Has anyone seen our tree line throughout Nevada County lately ?

A lot of the beautiful trees are gone ... throwing a lit cigarette out the car window ... the person that is doing this is of age and knows what will happen but yet they do it ... or have camp fires, use things that spark up.

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Craig Steiger: America's questionable past

September 14, 2016 — 

I would love to salute the red, white and blue snapping smartly in the September breeze but how can I, knowing what this country committed a generation ago in Laos?

Vietnam was bad enough, but secretly dropping more bombs on Laos than all of World War II against Germany and Japan combined?

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Linda Grim: Hillary has history of education reform

September 14, 2016 — 

I agree with Bill Boyl that our education system is in need of some serious tweaking, but why on earth would he think Donald Trump would do it?

I haven’t heard Trump mention education in any meaningful way.

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Bert Binder: Kudos to 'Gary'

September 14, 2016 — 

I recently noticed a call for help in The Union’s police blotter. An elderly lady had been lost on Boulder Street in Nevada City.

My husband and I also were lost on Boulder after the Constitution Day Parade. We couldn’t find our car either. There was a fellow standing across the street who called out to us to ask if we had lost our car! He apparently goes out after big events and watches out for those who have to park far away.

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Megan Ross: The village is alive and well

September 13, 2016 — 

I’m writing in response to George Boardman’s Aug. 21 Leave It To Beaver-esque piece “The job of educators should be to teach our children, not raise them.”

Boardman makes some excellent points regarding the role that both educators and parents should play in raising children. However, while it’s fine and well to say parents should be doing a better job, but that doesn’t fix anything.

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Carol Alexander: Cyclists need to take some responsibility

September 12, 2016 — 

For the second time in just two months, I almost hit a bicycle rider.

It’s hard to admit that I was just seconds away from taking someone’s life or at least causing great bodily injury.

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San French: Boys to men

September 12, 2016 — 

Kudos to Hillary Hodge for her weekly piece in The Union addressing sexual assault, rape and the way men treat women (Aug. 30).

I have been a “feminist” my entire life thanks to my folks. They modeled respectful behavior to us kids. Especially my mom, who was a “career woman;” she went into a man’s world back in the ’50s and ’60s and basically didn’t take any guff from the men around her. She was respectful but stern. I never heard my dad talk trash or talk down to women. He was always polite and never engaged in the kind of banter men do when they are together.

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Bob Williams: Black Lives Matter banner racist?

September 11, 2016 — 

Does “Race Matter” in Nevada County? I certainly hope not. Don’t we live in a color blind society? I remember going to a high school where we had a real mix of students and then transferring to another school where there was one black family that attended. In fact they had children that were years before me and years after. You never realized that they were different because they just blended in and were excepted as people.

The past week I was visiting the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in downtown Grass Valley and while I was walking to my car I noticed on the building across the street had a Black Lives Matter banner hanging on the front of the building with a sign saying it was the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains (listed in the yellow pages under church).

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Susanna Wilson: Not more pine trees

September 11, 2016 — 

Watching the removal of more beetle-infested trees from Condon Park, I got into a conversation with some of the park workers.

They told me the city (Grass Valley) will purchase more pine trees to replace those lost. Beetles love the pines and one of the men told me cedar or even redwood might well be considered.

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